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Medical colleges told to streamline admission process
Karachi, May 07: The Sindh minister for health and pro-chancellor of medical universities, Dr Sagheer Ahmed, has directed the medical colleges to conduct admission tests on the same day and time and post results on the website as soon as possible.

He issued the directive while presiding over a meeting held regarding an admission policy in medical colleges here on Wednesday. Health Secretary Mohammad Hussain Syed was also present in the meeting.

He said the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and the Liaquat University of Medical Health Sciences (LUMHS) would conduct admission tests themselves and for three medical colleges of Larkana, Sukkur and Benazirabad a committee headed by the health secretary would do it.

Dr Ahmed directed that complete transparency and merit should be ensured in the admission process and seats should be reserved for overseas Pakistanis.

He said the final list of students eligible for admission should be checked more than once before it was posted on the website. He said the government believed in merit, and asked the vice-chancellors of DUHS and LUMHS to ensure transparency and merit in the admission process.

He called for improving the role of the health department and asked the officers to perform their duties according to the rules so that the people were served with greater effectiveness.

He said a uniform policy should be adopted about the preparation of summaries, and warned that no slackness would be tolerated in this regard.

The minister directed officials that unnecessary migration requests, lacking genuine reasons, should be discouraged to protect medical institutions from an avoidable burden.

He also directed that admission prospectuses should be issued by the department and tests should also be conducted through the department.

The meeting was attended by Special Secretary (Public Health) Dr Abdul Majid, Vice-Chancellor of DUHS Prof Masood Hameed, Vice-Chancellor of LUMHS Prof Naushad Shaikh, Additional Secretary (Admin) Shireen Narejo and Additional Secretary (Development) Dabeer Ahmed Khan. App

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Students face hardships due to short supply of question papers
Karachi: A significant number of candidates, who are taking their exams of Higher Secondary School Certificate Examination (HSSC), could not attempt all questions in Mathematics paper because of the fact that the number of question papers delivered at some examination centres by the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) was not sufficient, it has been learnt.

According to complaints received, a large number of class XI students, who took their first (Mathematics) paper on May 2, did not receive either the English or Urdu version of the question paper until an hour after the exam started. This happened at some examination centres due to the shortage of question papers and subsequent delay in delivery of additional question papers on the part of the board.

"My daughter did not receive the English version of the paper until an hour after the start of the scheduled time, owing to a shortage of question papers and the invigilator did not give her extra time to complete her paper," lamented Zafar, the father of one of the students who faced the dilemma.

Zafar said that his daughter, Rakshan Zafar, a student of the Khatoon-e-Pakistan Girls College, as well as several of her classmates, suffered a great deal of hardships due to shortage of question papers at their examination centre (Government College for Girls Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Block 7).

"There were about 80 students in my daughters' class and all of them had to wait for about more than an hour for the English version of the question papers and when they inquired from invigilators, they were told that the question papers were short," he said. "And finally, when the candidates received their papers after an hour, they were not given extra time despite the fact that they were given question papers after a delay of an hour."

"For Pre-engineering students Mathematics is the most important paper as it has an overall impact on the percentage of the result." He said that in some rooms, four to five students had to share one question paper to save their time.

Zafar said that his daughter as well as her other colleagues, who faced the dilemma, remained upset and could not prepare properly for their second paper.

When contacted, Chairman BIEK, Anwar Ahmed Zai, admitted that there was a shortage of question papers at some centres but denied that the subsequent dispatch was delayed by an hour.

"This happened due to shortage of question papers which was due to the fact that "we finalised the quantity of question papers in advance" but the number of candidate increased by hundreds the next day," Zai said.

"The students had to wait for 15 to 20 minutes in receiving question papers in examination centers where the shortage was reported," he said.

"Even in that case the examination centers concerned gave extra time to the candidates to make up for the time they lost."

"I did not receive any complaint from parents or candidates. They should have contacted the BIEK if they had not been given extra time," he said

Explaining the reason for the shortage of question papers, he said that they had to accommodate hundreds of candidates to save their academic year till 11pm before the start of the exams by accepting their forms and issuing admit cards. This, he said, resulted in the increase of the number of candidates.

He said that the quantity of question papers was decided in advance and changes at the eleventh hour resulted in the shortage of papers. The News


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Exam centre shifted from controversial college
Karachi: The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi has shifted the examination centre from the Govt Degree Boys College, North Karachi, to the Bahria Foundation College, Nazimabad, with effect from Thursday. The change comes on the demand of a college teachers' association, who reacted over Tuesday's harassment of a principal by candidates.

BIEK Chairman Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai has advised the candidates whose examination centre in the on-going intermediate annual examinations was at North Karachi's Govt Degree Boys College to take their remaining papers, starting on Thursday, at the Bahria Foundation College, Nazimabad.

However, with the change of the examination centre from North Karachi's Govt Degree Boys College to Nazimabad's Bahria Foundation all candidates who took their papers at the former college on Wednesday were individually informed about the change of the centre and an announcement was also posted on the notice board of the college.

Moreover, to ensure that no candidate misses Thursday's paper by not reaching the new examination centre, BIEK's vehicles would be available at North Karachi's Govt Degree Boys College to take candidates, who might have not learnt about the change, to their new centre, he added.

The decision to shift the centre has been taken in the wake of Tuesday's incident in which the centre superintendent and principal of the North Karachi Govt Degree Boys College, Prof Saeed-uz-Zafar Khan, was chased and threatened by some unscrupulous elements. The Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association, a representative organisation of college teachers, while denouncing the incident had decided not to perform invigilation duties at the examination centre set up at North Karachi Govt Degree Boys College and had demanded that the BIEK shift the centre to some other college.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the BIEK said that since the overnight change of the examination centre was not possible, all the papers scheduled for Wednesday at the North Karachi Govt Degree Boys College in both shifts were conducted at the same centre.

Incident criticised

Denouncing Tuesday's incident in which the principal of a college was chased and threatened with dire consequences by some candidates, the College Principals' Association has demanded that BIEK officials and law-enforcement agencies take stern action against the "cheating mafia" to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

CAP's ad-hoc committee, which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Prof Abdul Mubeen Khan, also demanded that the law enforcement agencies expose the culprits responsible for Tuesday's incident so that no one dared to indulge in such acts in the future.

The participants of the meeting decided to meet again on May 10 to review the situation and to adopt a future line of action.

Books not available

A number of text-books of Class IX and Class X are not available in the market, more than a month after commencement of the new academic session in the city's schools.

Sources in the Urdu Bazaar said that the textbooks that were not available in the market were either printed in small quantity or not printed at all by Sindh Textbook Board (STB).

According to the Urdu Bazaar (retail market) Welfare Association president Nasim Ahmed, the textbooks not available in the market include Class IX Sindhi, Class X Mathematics (English medium) and Class X Physics. The Class X Mathematics book (Urdu medium) has also not been available in the market for the last two years.

About the Class XI and XII textbooks, he said that hardly 40 per cent textbooks were available for sale and, as such, those who had already appeared in their matriculation examination and visiting markets to purchase Class XI textbooks in advance, had to return disappointed. Dawn


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